Letter to the Editor: Geneseo Community Expresses Solidarity with Black and Underrepresented Students and Community Members

Recent events on campus remind us once again that black students in particular and underrepresented students in general still face stereotyping and prejudice in our community. As an institution of higher learning, and as a community, we must call out these disturbing actions and attitudes at the individual and institutional level.

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Letter to the Editor

We write in reference to a Letter to the Editor in The Lamron, recently written by a certain professor of philosophy. This letter condemns The Lamron for publishing what this professor claims is a disingenuous apology from an anonymous student involved in the blackface incident on our campus. In the name of encouraging open dialogue, we wish to offer a rebuttal to this letter. 

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Letter to the Editor

From what I can summarize, the point of Dr. Everett’s letter, published in The Lamron on April 11, is that people who are “politically incorrect” are more persecuted on this campus than racial minorities (specifically African Americans). Of course he thought that. He’s a white philosophy professor with tenure. 

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United States must prosecute president for crimes, impeachment will preserve republic’s values

The release of Robert Mueller’s investigative report on Thursday April 18 has shocked the American political world over the past week. Trump supporters have attempted to deflect and discredit, while detractors have emphasized the counsel’s findings regarding obstruction of justice. 

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Gen Z individuals must work arduous hours to achieve financial stability

It’s rare to talk with a fellow student and not get into a discussion about employment. Most young adults these days have at least a summer job, while some may have a part-time job year-round. This is likely in response to the deep-seeded anxiety of what one will do when they graduate college.

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Failing to hold all genders to same standard will lead to inequality in adulthood

The phrase “boys will be boys” is commonly used to defer accountability from boys, and even men in some cases. The phrase shifts the blame away from the individual by infantilizing them. 

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Public must be made aware of Coachella founder’s anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival—spanning two weekends every April—is known for the impressive line-up of musicians it hosts and the star-studded crowds it attracts. Every year, about 200,000 people attend Coachella in the middle of the Californian desert. 

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Public response to Notre Dame fire is wrong, insensitive

France’s beloved Notre Dame Cathedral was partially destroyed in a fire on April 15. The loss has been devastating to not only the French people, but to the world as a whole.

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Global tragedies should receive equal coverage on social media

On April 15, much of the Notre Dame Cathedral was destroyed by an accidental fire. Responses on social media were abundant, yet determined inappropriate and incorrect by many. On Sunday April 21, a multitude of Sri Lankan hotels and churches suffered bombings. A nationwide social media blackout was implemented by government officials just hours later, according to The Washington Post. Almost 300 people died in the bombings according to The New York Times.

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Student-run media provides more fulfilling experience at Geneseo

After four years, almost 175 articles and countless sleepless nights, this issue of The Lamron is my last. If there’s one thing I learned from that all-too-brief time, it’s how important the mission of student-run media can be. 

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Trump’s uninformed comment highlights unreasonable disregard for green energy

One can find and enjoy many things when driving through Upstate New York: beautiful scenery, envious sunsets and an array of contradicting yard signs freckling and dotting every homeowner’s front yard. One very common sign details the purported dangers of wind energy, whether to the scenery, to the housing market or to the community’s health.

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Chick-fil-A’s discriminatory values do not belong on college campuses despite student petition

A Geneseo student created a petition to replace Books and Bytes with a Chick-fil-A on April 10. As of Tuesday April 16, the petition received 42 signatures. 

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Twisting words to incite violence against political critic is deplorable, dangerous

The Sept. 11 attacks on the United States are some of the most heart wrenching and dismal moments in the history of our generation, let alone our country. The pain of that day is a universal feeling amongst the American public.

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Media should refrain from sensational, invasive coverage of Meghan Markle

Celebrities are often unable to escape public scrutiny—it comes with the territory. Everything from their outfit choices to birthing preferences receive relentless coverage and criticism from members of the media and general public for reasons that are usually pointless or arbitrary. 

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Disney+ content demonstrates similar trends in poor LGBTQ+ representation

The 2018 romantic comedy Love, Simon will be developed into a television series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+, according to Pride. The film, adapted from Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel, was momentous for its generally positive representation of young gay men. 

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Staff editorial: Geneseo must modify vehicle towing policy to ensure fair penalties

Once a student has accumulated 10 paid or unpaid parking tickets, the college is at liberty to have their vehicle towed, according to the Geneseo Traffic and Parking Violations webpage. This policy is unreasonably harsh and should be amended by the college immediately.

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Letter to the Editor

I write in reference to the interview The Lamron recently published with the student who made a joking reference to blackface on Snapchat. This was, to my eye, not a genuine interview at all but a forced public confession in which, to its shame, The Lamron was complicit. I have no specific idea how this came about: the decision of the student to request this interview and the agreement of The Lamron to participate. But the result strikes me as a put-up job in which the student mechanically repeats an apparently scripted apology. “Everyone is right to be angry at me,” “This is not about me,” “I was ignorant and privileged” the student said, clearly in order to avoid being suspended or expelled.

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Rather than being upfront, administration relies on word-of-mouth to inform students

A previous article published in The Lamron reported Geneseo received a score of zero out of 100 when evaluated on transparency by the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government. The lack of institutional transparency has permeated all facets of Geneseo life but has particularly affected student safety.

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New York plastic bag ban proposal marks important first step in saving environment

New York State’s proposed ban on single-use plastic bags would go into effect in March of 2020, according to The New York Times. Considering the insurmountable negative effects plastic has caused in our country, the ban should be implemented around the country, if not the world. 

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New York State should look to New Jersey’s example as it drafts policies that would legalize marijuana

The New York State Legislature should pay attention to the debate in New Jersey regarding marijuana legalization. Should New York decide to go in that direction, this would ensure that New York does not trail too far behind New Jersey’s legalization.

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